Practically every language learner hits a few plateaus during their learning process. Have you ever considered the reasons behind this phenomenon?
Let me ask you a few questions:
– If your goal is to run a marathon in six months, would you be better off running or doing yoga?
– If your goal is to be a black belt in karate, would you be better off practicing karate or Pilates?
– If your goal is to become more flexible, would you be better off doing yoga or lifting weights?
I’m pretty sure that you know the answers to all of these questions. Even though any exercise is good, it may not be what you need to reach your fitness goals.
Reaching your language goals is exactly the same. Once again I would like to ask you a few questions:
– If you’re just starting your language journey, do you think it’s better to do DuoLingo or to read Don Quixote?
– If you’re at a mid to high intermediate level, do you think that it’s better to read newspaper articles or do DuoLingo?
– If you can speak fairly well but have a hard time understanding native speakers, do you think it’s better to watch a movie in Spanish with English subtitles or Spanish subtitles?
– If your grammar is terrible, do you think it’s better to continue with your conversation when you’ve been corrected, or stop and repeat your correction before moving forward?
These may seem like silly questions because the answers are obvious, but the reality is that many language learners are not really working towards their goal. They’re working on their Spanish, but not necessarily focusing on what will help them reach that next level.
Take a minute to think about your weaknesses in Spanish and what it is that you want to improve. Now think about your current Spanish routine and ask yourself if you’re working towards those goals or if you need to change your focus 🙂